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A Ramsey County resident in their 80s is the first known person with COVID-19 to have died in Minnesota, the Department of Health reported Saturday.
The person died on March 19 and had contact with a family member who had previously tested positive and had a history of international travel.
“Gwen and I extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones during this time of loss,” Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement. “As COVID-19 continues to spread in Minnesota, we must all do what we can to keep each other safe.”
The person who died first experienced symptoms on March 13 and was hospitalized on March 16, dying three days later.
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm encouraged all Minnesotans to slow the spread of the virus by staying home when possible and limiting contact with people most at risk, those over 65 years old and those with underlying health conditions.
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